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Movie Legends: Was Han Solo Nearly in Revenge of the Sith?

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Movie Legends: Was Han Solo Nearly in Revenge of the Sith?

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Han Solo was going to be in “Star Wars Episove III: Revenge of the Sith.”

Soon, Han Solo will become the first “Star Wars” character to get their own prequel film. However, before appearing in a prequel, we almost already saw a younger version of Han Solo in a “Star Wars” film!

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You see, George Lucas decided that he wanted to somehow find a way to work Han Solo into the final “Star Wars” prequel film, “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” The problem, of course, is that for the timeline to make any sense, Han would have to be 10 years old. So how you work in a 10-year-old Han Solo into the plot of your movie?

Lucas’ answer was to have it just be a small cameo where Han plays a small, but pivotal role in the plot of the movie. If you recall the plot of the movie, at one point Yoda is sent to the planet Kashyyyk (home of the Wookiees) and Obi Wan is sent to Utapau to find General Grievous and take him out.

While Yoda was on Kashyyk, he was going to run into a young Han Solo, who was being raised by a younger Chewbacca. Han would then find a piece of a droid that was still transmitting to General Greivous, allowing Yoda to let Obi Wan know where to find Grevious.

Here are Han and Yoda’s lines of dialogue:

HAN SOLO
I found part of a transmitter droid near the east bay… I think it’s still sending and receiving signals.

YODA
Good. Good. Track this we can back to the source. Find General Grievous, we might…

Artist Iain McCaig did some concept art for what Han would look like in the film, as revealed in the book “The Art of Revenge of the Sith.”

It’s not in the script anymore, but we were told that Han Solo was on Kashyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He’s such a persnickety guy later on – he always has to have the best of everything – so I thought it’d be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob.

Here is that concept art…

Lucas ultimately dropped it from the movie as I imagine he figured it was just too much time spent on just a wink wink nudge cameo that really didn’t move the plot forward that much. I honestly don’t know if the movie would have been better or worse with the cameo.

The legend is…

STATUS: True

Be sure to check out my archive of Movie Legends Revealed for more urban legends about the world of film. Click here for more legends specifically about “Star Wars.”

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is bcronin@legendsrevealed.com.

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